Lounge Ruminator

Lounge Ruminator

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I sit and overthink.


11. Unexpected Friendship
Feb 14
Making friends with others as an adult is quite different from making friends as a kid. This week, Martin reflects on the experience of making a new friend beyond the typical context of school, university or work. Notes Stand-up excerpt from ‘The…
10. Brand Nationalism
Feb 6
Sport, film, television, music, food, technology, clothes, countries and even individuals have brands today and of course, their own fans… but is it enough to refer to them simply as fans? This week, an unexpected essay encourages Martin to see brand…
9. Meaningful Travel
Jan 27
In the first episode for 2020, Martin reflects on his trip to the United States with Natasha, particularly how he attempted to make the most of it through journaling, communication with locals and a more thoughtful approach to photography. Notes The Art…
8. The ‘Post-PC’ Decade
Dec 29, 2019
The years fly by… but rarely do we stop to appreciate how things have changed, along with how our use of technology has been reshaped by new tools. In this episode, Martin reflects on his own use of devices, starting with the seismic shift that was the…
7. Look Yonder!
Dec 26, 2019
This week, Martin discusses the value of being truly present and attentive at live performances, along with how different kinds of product (smart or otherwise) can either inhibit or encourage this positive behaviour. Notes More information about Nanette…
6. No Spoilers, Please!
Dec 17, 2019
No one likes spoilers. In this episode, Martin explains the lengths to which he has gone to avoid spoilers for the upcoming Star Wars movie Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, along with what’s frustrating about modern trailers and how they could be…
5. Interference
Dec 11, 2019
These days, we’re all drowning in technological devices and social media… but does it have to be this way? In this episode, Martin reflects on his own use of online accounts, covering both the rubbish that he left behind and how he aims for more…
4. Immediate Recognition
Dec 4, 2019
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy movies but some people don’t always think about the crucial role of the soundtrack. In this podcast episode, Martin is inspired by a noisy neighbour and a fellow Micro.blog user to discuss one of his favourite…
3. It’s the Principle of the Thing
Nov 25, 2019
Design is all around us, whether in the physical products that we handle or the digital interfaces that we scroll, swipe and press. Martin ruminates on the importance of transparency and honesty in the design of interfaces, drawing on the work of Scolari…
2. It’s Complicated
Nov 3, 2019
As an avid Apple Watch user since its release in 2015, Martin discusses how the device has changed both his behaviour and the way that he thinks about time. It’s a powerful, personal device that’s supposed to make things easier, yet many wish for custom…
1. Indexed Five Ways!
Sep 24, 2019
In this first episode of the Lounge Ruminator podcast, Martin is inspired by a recent blog post by John Siracusa to discuss the lost art of super-short, printed film reviews and how they can help us to improve our digital communication today. Notes ‘Top…